Every years millions of people apply for U.S. visas and their applications are denied.
Here are some reasons why visa requests may be denied:
1. Being unprepared
There is a lot of information on the visa process and interview on the internet. Government sites are also reliable resources that contain information to assist you every step of the way. It is a good idea to do your due diligence and prepare for the visa process.
2. Applying for the incorrect visa
Visa eligibility and requirements may differ. Double-check that you are applying for the proper visa. Make certain that you can fulfill the requirements and meet the conditions for that particular visa. Don’t make pre-assumptions on your eligibility for a certain visa just because you fit the criteria for another visa. Standards may differ for different visas.
3. Providing incorrect or insufficient information
Completing all forms accurately and being fully prepared with all requirements, documentation, and forms of verification can help speed up the process. Having inaccurate information can lead to visa denials or prolonged and redundant processing. Small errors may also lead to delays in obtaining your visa.
4. Being overly confident during the interview
Being too assertive during the visa process or during the interview can make you appear presumptuous.
5. Giving too much information
You will be asked a wide array of questions during the visa application process. Your responses should be well-thought-out, but keep them concise and simple. You don’t need to divulge irrelevant details that don’t pertain directly to the inquiry, nor should you voluntarily give up information that isn’t requested. This can actually lead to more questions or raise red flags and suspicions that would have otherwise not arisen.
6. Being disrespectful to the interviewer
Even if the interview seems tedious or tiresome, you should respect the process. You can do this by expressing courtesy toward the interviewer and submitting to the authority they represent. It may also help to maintain a good appearance during the visa process, especially the interview stage.
7. Ineffective communication
Sometimes the language barrier, accents, or body language may leave you confused. Don’t hesitate to ask the interviewer for an interpreter or to repeat, explain, or slow down. Effective communication can help avoid potentially significant misunderstandings and misinterpretations.
8. Other grounds of inadmissibility (e.g. past records, health reasons, non authentic documentation etc.)
According to U.S. State Department data the countries with the highest refusal rates for U.S. (business and tourist) visas include:
81.9%of all Cuban applications were denied in fiscal year 2016. Afghanistan was second only to Cuba with its refusal rate 73.8%. High rates of refusal were also seen in countries across Africa (Mauritania and Liberia more than 70%).
*The following is for general information only. None of these materials is offered, nor should any of it be construed, as legal advice.